PTE (Pearson Test of English)

CRICOS Course Code: 097482G

PTE Academic (Pearson Test of English Academic) is designed to prepare international students for the General and Academic Training Modules of the test. The course focuses on assisting students to practice examination techniques, as well as to develop the necessary skills required to achieve the desired PTE score. Independent learning and research skills are built into the course to introduce participants to the conventions of tertiary study (higher education/university) in Australia. Individual study plans are developed for each students to work on personalised areas of improvement to achieve their study goals.


Course Duration/Fees

Full-time: Minimum enrolment 4 weeks for a stand-alone course
Tuition Fees: $180 per week
Application Fees: $250
Resources Fee: $15 per week
Testing fee: $50 applies for students studying less than 10 weeks, if they choose to sit for a mock test
A full mock PTE test is included in the program for all students studying 10 weeks or more.
Timetable: 8.30am to 5.30pm (course is delivered over 2.5 days per week inclusive of self-study, assessment completion and research & revision tasks)

The delivery methods for this course include

  • Face-to-face learning through flexible delivery options, adjusted to suit different learning styles and needs of students.
  • Learning takes place through a combination of authentic materials and specifically prepared learning experiences including lectures & tutorials, discussions, role-plays, presentations, guest lecturers, individual and group activities, web-based research, online activities and shared experiences.

Entry Requirements

Course available for those 18 years and over.

English Entry Requirements: Students entering this course will require a level of English which allows them to understand and attempt the tasks required in preparation for the PTE test. In order to be placed in this course, students will be required to either:

  • achieve a satisfactory result in an ELICOS placement test conducted by KCBT
  • provide evidence of existing English proficiency level (via an internationally recognised testing score) or recognised ELICOS level as deemed equivalent by KCBT
Academic Requirements: While there are no specific educational pre-requisites for entry into this course, it is anticipated that a majority of students will have completed Year 10 or equivalent.

Intakes

Weekly – Please contact us for more details.

Compulsory Orientation Sessions: Students must attend the compulsory, comprehensive Orientation Session and Placement Test prior to being permitted to enter class. If a student misses the orientation session and is unable to provide an approved compassionate or compelling reason, the student will not be able to enter the class that week and will need to attend the orientation session the following week – please note, this will have an impact on the student’s attendance requirements

Course Content

PTE Academic preparation course (Intermediate Level)

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8:30am to 5:30pm Monday
On campus (Face-to-Face
sessions)
Tuesday
On campus (Face-to-Face
sessions)
Wednesday
(Online delivery/completion –
Computer based
learning component :
4 hours monitored via
LMS)
Session 1 (AM) Speaking Focus
Discussion activity:
Paraphrasing,pronunciation and expanding vocabulary used for describing places and things.
Reading Focus
Reading Activity:
- Skim and scan to extract relevant information.
- Highlight unknown words and research meaning to
expand vocabulary.
PTE Skills
Enhancement

Weekly revision and
test practice
- Read through
various texts and
complete multiple
choice tasks
- Summarise written
texts (focus on
sentence and
paragraph
structure)
- Read text
to fill in the blanks (timed)
- Review testing
materials : PTE
test-taking
strategies
Session 2 (AM) Listening Focus
Listening Activity:
Listen to excerpts from a range of lectures and
practice note-taking and
extracting information for
short answers.
Writing Focus
- Building sentences to tell a story
- Understanding the correct audience
- Using correct structure and format
Lunch Break Break Break Break
Session 3(PM) Reading & Writing Focus
Reading/Writing Activity:
- Read short texts and fill in the blanks
- Extract the correct information to
successfully
complete multiple
choice questions
Listening Focus
Listening Activity:
- Listen to various media to gauge tone and meaning.
- Listening comprehension: Listen to excerpts from various lectures exposing different accents and speeds to comprehend real-life encounters
Session 4 (PM) Writing Focus Writing Activity:
- Forming Essays, essay structure and components
- Linking words and sentence structure
Speaking & Writing Focus
Test practice –
Writing Activity: - Writing from dictation
- Effective note taking
- Summarising notes and written text to produce formal writing examples

Assessment

Assessments will be formative to assist in assessing progress and summative for a final assessment of the student’s ability (English Proficiency level). Assessment can take place through; in-class activities, formal and informal tests, revision quizzes, interviews, pair work and group work, research assignments and computer-based tasks.

Study Pathway and Career Opportunities

Students enrolling in this course will ideally have the specific study objective to attain a specific result in an internationally recognised certificate of English language proficiency, as evidence of their English level to either provide a pathway for migration purposes or to enter and complete a tertiary level course in a mainstream Australian tertiary institution.

Additionally, the English language skills obtained during this course will enable students to progress in their careers, improving their communication skills within an English-speaking environment.